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Unsane

  • 2018
  • R
  • 98min
  • 80%
  • 6.4 / 10

Sawyer Valentini is a woman with a troubled past. Despite running away from home, Sawyer’s traumatizing experiences seem to be following her around. This becomes evident in her demeanor whenever men approach her. Feeling like a stalker poses an imminent threat to her life, Sawyer unintentionally commits herself to a whole-day stay at a mental institution and finds herself in a dangerous situation with her stalker. But there is one question that remains: is her fear just a product of her imagination?

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Steven Soderbergh reportedly shot Unsane in clandestine using an iPhone. This is what makes the film an interesting subject for research. With the film’s impressive cinematography, Soderbergh has consistently shown that filmmakers do not have to own fancy equipment to produce a visually compelling and aesthetically pleasing film. Although shooting with an iPhone comes with drawbacks, Soderbergh cinematic spin was a success. Unsane premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival on February 19, 2018, and was theatrically released in the U.S. on March 23, 2018. It was a commercial success, garnering over $14 million against its production budget of $1.5 million. Unsane was generally met with generally favorable reviews. The film earned an 80% approval rating on review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes. On Metacritic, the film holds a 63/100 average score. The poll of audiences by market research CinemaScore indicated an average grade of B-. Many critics attributed their praise particularly to Soderbergh for his dexterity and ingenuity.

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Unsane is a 2018 American psychological horror film that focuses on a woman who unwittingly renders herself to a mental institution for a whole day to flee from her stalker. It was directed by Steven Soderbergh from a screenplay written by Jonathan Bernstein and James Greer. Shot entirely using an iPhone 7 Plus, this mind-boggling film features Claire Foy, Joshua Leonard, Jay Pharoah, Juno Temple, Aimee Mullins, and Amy Irving.